Month: August 2014

Ten on Tuesday: Book hauls, diets, and zombie movies

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1. I haven’t linked up for this post in FOREVER. I know everyone loves summer, but it’s when my schedule goes all to pot and I have trouble getting anything done. I like autumn much better. For some reason everything is more balanced and orderly and it’s a lot easier to find time to blog.

2. I’ve been hitting the local Goodwill every week or so and coming home with tons of books from the $1 paperback wall. Some of them are brand-new and untouched. Score for this book lover!

3. I hate it when people come along and try to talk to me while I’m reading at lunch. I’ve only got an hour to get through as many pages as possible, leave me in peace! Sometimes that’s my only reading window all day, which makes it extra aggravating.

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4. Emmys fashion: love? Hate? I thought it wasn’t very impressive this year. More on that in a later post.

5. Has anyone watched Orphan Black? Like it, love it, hate it? It looks good but I’m not sure if I should buy the DVDs or not.

6. I’m getting ready to do a 24-day diet cleanse with one of my friends and I’m dreading giving up my coffee. Like, I can’t even explain how much.

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7. That GIF reminds me that I need to re-watch Shaun of the Dead. Actually I want to have a zombie movie marathon: Shaun of the Dead, World War Z, 28 Days Later…I just haven’t found the time.

8.True confession: I still have yet to watch Frozen. Am I missing out as much as everyone claims?

9. I hate it when I get a bad case of the giggles at work and have to try to hide them. I’m not very good at it

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10. I just celebrated my seven-year anniversary at work. Holy crap, time flies.

Link up your Tuesday 10 with Alyssa here!

Vegan waffles (recipe)

Waffles with strawberries

Egg-less waffles are a bit of a challenge, and while I won’t claim that these waffles are as light and fluffy as a feather, they do a pretty good job of imitating regular ol’ waffles for those of us who don’t eat eggs or don’t want to run to the store in a pinch. I’m still tweaking my recipe, so you might see an updated version on the blog in the future, but for now this is how I make waffles that aren’t tough and won’t stick to the waffle iron like some of my older eggless versions tended to do.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1.75 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup melted vegan butter or oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Strawberries and syrup for topping

In a mixing bowl, combine the banana, milk and oil. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well; add to the main mixing bowl and mix lightly. (Overmixing will yield tougher waffles.)

Mist a hot waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour in the batter, about 3/4 cup at a time. (The amount will depend on the size of the waffle iron that you’re using.) Cook until there is no longer steam escaping from the waffle iron or until the waffle is nicely browned and slightly crispy at the edges (about five minutes). Serve topped with butter, syrup and sliced strawberries. Enjoy!

Thought Questions #155-#161

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(photo by Bjorn Simon via Unsplash)

Another week, another round of Thought Questions! Be sure to check out my friend Celeste’s post as well!

#155: How will today matter in five years from now? I think that every day matters, even if you can’t see it at the time. Today has been a lazy one of relaxing at home, napping, reading, and catching up on chores. Perhaps in five years I’ll look back and fondly remember relaxing while I had the chance! Who knows!

#156: How have you helped someone else recently? I got up early before work to make breakfast and pack lunch for my husband so he wouldn’t have to, because he was pulling a double shift that night and needed the extra time to sleep. Not a big thing, but it did help.

#157: What is your greatest skill? Probably my writing abilities. Which is a good thing, because I suck at public speaking.

#158: Do you see to believe or believe to see? I believe to see. Remember that at one time men said the world was flat; they laughed at Galileo; we thought diseases like polio could never be cured. Belief is a powerful thing.

#159: How are you pursuing your dreams right now? One of my dreams is to make money through writing, so I’m trying to build up my freelance work and find more paid gigs that way. Right now I don’t make a ton of money, but it’s a start.

#160: What’s the next big step you need to take? Probably devoting more time to writing. I need to treat it less as a hobby.

#161: If today was the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today? No! I’m planning on spending the rest of the evening reading and/or watching TV, which is fine for now, but if it were the last day of my life I’d want to be doing something awesome with my husband.

Busy Girl Nails summer 2014: Week 2: Watercolor

Busy Girl Nails summer 2014

I’m a little late posting the week #2 nail art for this challenge, only because I got busy and didn’t paint my nails at all last week. But I found a technique that makes watercolor (or marbled) nails super-easy and eliminates all the mess of water marbling, so I had to share my mani. I only did an accent finger but I think I’ll be doing this manicure again shortly for a how-to and showing it off on all ten fingers!

Watercolor nail art

I used Flower nail polish in Gorgeous Gerbera for my main shade and Flower nail polish in Thistle or That? on my ring finger. These two color also went into the watercolor on my middle finger. (The base is Purity by Zoya.)

I’ll try to do a tutorial sometime next week with a video so you can see how easy it is to do watercolor nails!